Overview: The Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) digital camera is a high-quality
long zoom camera with a fast 16x zoom lens and large image sensor. The V-Lux
has a 3" LCD monitor and a high resolution electronic viewfinder for precisely
framing your shots. It comes with a lens hood, a neck strap,
rechargeable battery, and battery charger.
Lens: Leica lenses have been known for their high
quality and clarity for 150 years. The Leica V-Lux is equipped with a DC Vario-Elmarit 9.1-146mm f/2-4.0 ASPH. 16x zoom lens, that is perfectly
matched to its image sensor. The 35mm equivalent focal length of the lens is
25-400mm, perfect for available-light photography, including portraits,
landscapes, architecture, macro, and reportage photography. The lens features 15
elements in 11 groups, including 5 aspherical lenses, 8 aspherical surfaces, and
4 ED lenses. A lens hood is included to help prevent lens flare and ghosting
caused by excess light entering the lens.
Zoom Types: The camera has a 16x optical zoom. Some
resolutions let you extend the focal length to a maximum of 32x (Extended
Optical Zoom). The camera's Intelligent Resolution technology can also extend
the focal length to twice the original magnification while minimizing the
deterioration of the image quality (i.Zoom). In addition, a 4x Digital Zoom can
be used in conjunction with the Optical or Extended Optical Zoom, but the image
quality deteriorates as you extend the focal length.
Image Sensor: The Leica V-Lux is equipped with a 1"
High-sensitivity MOS image sensor with 20.9-million total pixels and
20.1-million effective pixels. This gives the camera the ability to take 20MP
JPEG and RAW still images and 4K (3840 x 2160) and Full HD movies (1920 x 1080).
Monitor/Electronic Viewfinder: The Leica V-Lux has a 3.0"
TFT LCD free-angle color monitor with 921,000 dots. The monitor provides a 100% (approx.)
field of view. The monitor can swivel out 180°, and rotate 270°. In addition to the LCD monitor, the Leica
V-Lux has a 0.39" OLED Electronic
Viewfinder with an equivalent of 2,360,000 dots, and a 4:3 aspect ratio. An eye
sensor in the viewfinder automatically switches between the viewfinder and the
monitor as you raise/lower the camera to/from your eye. The viewfinder features
a diopter adjustment dial to set the viewfinder image to your eyesight.
Memory Cards: You can record still images and movies onto
SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards from 8 MP to 64 GB. The camera is also compatible with memory cards
with the UHS-I standard.
Still Images: The Leica V-Lux can record JPEG images with
Standard and Fine compression rates. In addition, RAW format images can be captured,
and can be processed in the camera or on your computer with appropriate
software to edit and convert raw data to JPEG images. You can also combine RAW
images with JPEG images in Standard or Fine, saving images in both file formats
simultaneously. Still images can be recorded in the following sizes and aspect
|4:3 ||1:1 ||16:9 ||3:2 |
|17.5M: 4864 x 3648 ||13.5M: 3648 x 3648 ||17M: 5472 x 3080 ||20M: 5472 x 3648 |
|9M: 3456 x 2592 ||6.5M: 2592 x 2592 ||8M: 3840 x 2160 ||10M: 3888 x 2592 |
|4.5M: 2432 x 1824 ||3.5M: 1824 x 1824 ||2M: 1920 x 1080 ||5M: 2736 x 1824 |
Video Recording: You can record movies in MP4 format in 4K
(3840 x 2160/30p), Full
HD (1920 x 1080/60p or 30p), HD (1280 x 720/30p), and VGA (640 x 480/30p). AAC
Audio is recorded in stereo. Recording 4K movies requires a UHS Speed Class 3
memory card. Playback of 4K motion pictures requires connection to a
4K-compatible TV via HDMI.
Recording Modes: The Leica V-Lux has a top-mounted mode dial
that lets you select from 10 Recording Modes:
- Program (P): A fully automatic mode--exposure
controlled by an automatic shutter speed and aperture setting. You can shift
the preset values using the Shift function to get faster shutter speeds for
sports photography, or larger depth of field for landscape shots. (Aperture
Setting: A, Shutter Speed: A)
- Aperture Priority (A): Aperture Priority allows you to
manually set the aperture value to expand or reduce the depth of field
(f/1.7 to f/16) while
the camera automatically sets the appropriate shutter speed based on the
exposure. (Aperture Setting: set by user, Shutter Speed: A)
- Shutter Priority (S): Shutter Priority allows you to
manually set the shutter speed to freeze action or create a sense of motion,
while the camera automatically sets the appropriate aperture value. The
shutter speed ranges from 60 sec to 1/4000 sec. with mechanical shutter, and
1-1/16000 sec with electronic shutter. (Aperture Setting: A, Shutter Speed:
set by user)
- Manual (M): You can manually choose the exposure you
want by manually setting both the aperture and shutter speed. (Aperture
Setting: set by user, Shutter Speed: set by user)
- Snapshot Mode: There are ten Snapshot Modes which are
designed for specific subject types: i-Portrait, i-Scenery, i-Macro, i-Night
Portrait, i-Night Scenery, i-Handheld Night Shot, i-Food, i-Baby, i-Sunset,
and Auto (when the subject doesn't correspond to any of the other scene
modes). For movies, i-Portrait, i-Scenery, i-Low Light, i-Macro, and Auto
- Snapshot Plus Mode: Similar to Snapshot Mode, but adds
the ability to set the brightness and color tone of your pictures to suit
your preferences instead of what the camera sets. Many other settings can be
adjusted in the Snapshot Plus Mode that cannot be set in Snapshot Mode.
- Creative Video Mode: In this mode, you can manually
change the aperture and shutter speed for recording motion pictures. You can
use the same controls to adjust the aperture and shutter speed as when the
mode dial is set to P, A, S, or M. In addition, you can create slow motion
pictures by utilizing ultra-high-speed recording.
- Scene Guide Mode: The camera allows you to select a
Scene Mode to match the subject and recording situation, and the camera sets
the optimal exposure, hue, and focus for the desired result. You can select
from the following: Clear Portrait, Silky Skin, Backlit Softness, Clear in
Backlight, Relaxing Tone, Sweet Child's Face, Distinct Scenery, Bright Blue
Sky, Romantic Sunset Glow, Vivid Sunset Glow, Glistening Water, Clear
Nightscape, Cool Night Sky, Warm Glowing Nightscape, Artistic Nightscape,
Glittering Illuminations, Handheld Night Shot, Clear Night Portrait, Soft
Image of a Flower, Appetizing Food, Cute Dessert, Freeze Animal Motion,
Clear Sports Shot, Monochrome, and Panorama Shot.
- Creative Control Mode: Creative Control Mode employs
additional image effects to create unique photographs. The effect of each
filter can be viewed in the display before taking the photo. Once you have
selected the effect, you can dial in the intensity of the effect to suit
your preference. Creative Control effects include: Expressive, Retro, Old
Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough
Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process,
Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy,
Star Filter, One Point Color, and Sunshine.
- Custom Mode: You can register frequently used or unique
camera settings and store them as a Custom Mode (C1 and C2). Often used
settings can be registered to C1. Up to 3 settings can be registered to C2
(C2-1, C2-2, and C2-3). Whenever you wish to use these settings, you can
simply recall them in the Custom Mode.
Shutter Types: The Leica V-Lux has two shutter types from
which to choose: a mechanical shutter and an electronic shutter. The mechanical
shutter starts the exposure electronically and ends it using the mechanical
shutter. Shutter speeds from 60 seconds to 1/4000 second are available. The
mechanical shutter sound cannot be silenced. The electronic shutter starts and
ends the exposure electronically, and can provide shutter speeds of 1 second to
1/16000 seconds. In the menu, you can choose between the mechanical shutter and
the electronic shutter, or let the camera select it automatically.
Photo Style: You can select Photo Style effects to match the
type of image you wish to record. By adding one of the following filters, you
can adjust the color and image quality: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome,
Scenery, Portrait, Custom, Cinelike D, and Cinelike V.
White Balance: You can set the White Balance automatically,
manually (using measured results), or use one of the WB presets, based on the
type of lighting on the subject. White Balance settings include: Automatic,
Clear Sky, Cloudy Sky, Shade, Incandescent, Flash, Manually set (4 values saved), and Color
ISO: The ISO sensitivity setting specifies the possible
shutter speeds and aperture settings based on a particular brightness. High
sensitivities allow faster shutter speeds and/or smaller apertures. You can
choose from Auto ISO, Intelligent ISO, or set it manually between ISO 125 to ISO
in 1 EV or 1/3 EV steps. When Extended ISO is on, ISO settings of 80, 100, and
Drive Modes: Drive Modes can be selected by a small mode
dial on the top of the camera body. The following drive modes are available:
- Single: One picture is taken when the shutter button is pressed.
- Continuous: Pictures are taken as long as the shutter button is
pressed. Available frame rates include: Super High Speed (50 fps), High
Speed (12 fps), Middle Speed (7 fps), Low Speed (2 fps).
- Auto Bracket: A total of 3, 5, or 7 photos are taken with the
exposure shifted by 1/3EV, 2/3EV, or 1EV.
- Self Timer: Photos are taken after a preset delay after pressing
the shutter button. You can choose between 10 seconds (for self-portraits),
2 seconds (to prevent camera shake), or 10 seconds with 3 photos taken at
intervals of 2 seconds.
- Time Lapse Shot: The camera can automatically create a
series of photographs that can be combined into a time lapse motion picture or
group pictures to be viewed consecutively. You can select a start time of "now"
or delay the start up to 23 hours 59 minutes ahead. The number of pictures
recorded can be set from 1 to 9999 at an interval of between 1 second and 99
minutes 59 seconds.
Multiple Exposures: You can make multiple exposures on one
picture, up to 4 times equivalent per single image. After taking the first
image, you can select "Next" to advance to the next picture, "Retake" to retake
the first image, or "Exit" to record the first image and finish the session. As
you frame the second, third, and fourth images, you will see the previous images
faintly in the monitor so you can position the camera properly.
Focus Modes: You can set the focus automatically or
manually. There are three Auto Focus modes: Autofocus Single (AFS) for still
subjects, Autofocus Flexible (AFF) for subjects whose movements can't be
predicted, and Autofocus Continuous (AFC) for moving subjects. Other special
focusing modes include: Macro Focus, Face/Eye Detection, AF Tracking, 49-area
Focus, Custom Multi Focus, 1-area Focusing, and Pinpoint Focusing. The focusing
range is as follows:
|Focus Switch Selector ||Max. Wide Zoom ||Max. Tele Zoom |
|Auto Focus ||30 cm (11.811") - ∞ ||1 m (3.3') - ∞ |
|AF Macro ||3 cm (1.187") - ∞ ||1 m (3.3') - ∞ |
|Manual Focus ||3 cm (1.187") - ∞ ||1 m (3.3') - ∞ |
Metering: To set the camera to the lighting conditions, the
Leica V-Lux offers three Exposure Metering Modes: Intelligent Multiple Field, Center-weighted,
and Spot Metering.
Optical Image Stabilization: The Leica V-Lux offers Optical
Image Stabilization to detect and compensate for camera shake. Normal Mode
compensates for vertical and horizontal camera shake. Panning Mode compensates
for vertical camera shake, ideal for use while panning the camera. You can turn
off Image Stabilization when not needed.
Wi-Fi: You can wirelessly connect with the Leica V-Lux by Wi-Fi
using the free Leica C Image Shuttle App, available for Apple iPhone and iPad (with iOS 7.0 or
later) and Android devices (running version 2.3.3 and up). The Leica C Image
Shuttle App allows you to remotely control the camera from a smartphone or
tablet, and take still
images and movies remotely. You can also copy images from the camera to the
smartphone/tablet via wireless LAN and share them with others on social
networks. For NFC-compatible Android devices, you can quickly connect to the
camera and easily transfer images by holding the phone close to the camera.
Flash: The Leica V-Lux has a built-in, pop-up flash with a flash range
of 1'-44' at maximum wide angle, and 3'-3"-31' at maximum
telephoto. There are 4 basic flash modes: Forced Flash On, Forced Flash with
Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, and Slow Sync with Red-Eye reduction. During Slow Sync flash, you can select 1st or 2nd curtain sync. If the
flash exposure is too dark or bright, you can adjust it with Flash Exposure
Compensation between -3EV and +3EV in 1/3-EV steps.
Battery Information: The Leica V-Lux is powered by the BP-DC12-U
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V, 1200mAh, 8.7Wh). The battery charges in approximately
140 minutes, using the supplied BC-DC12-U battery charger. The estimated battery
life is as follows:
| ||With Monitor ||With Viewfinder |
|Number of recordable pictures ||360 pictures ||300 pictures |
|Still image recording time ||180 minutes ||150 minutes |
|Movie Recording Time (Continuous) ||140 minutes ||N/A |
|Movie Recording Time (Typical) ||75 minutes ||N/A |
|Playback Time ||300 minutes ||N/A |
Image Playback: You can view one image at a time on the LCD
monitor. Playback zoom allows you to enlarge a single image to see details in
the photo. You can increase the magnification by 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Other ways
to view images include: 12-image index, 30-image index view, and Calendar View.
Slide Show: You can show your pictures and movies
automatically in a Slide Show. You can choose the duration (1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec,
or 5 sec), Repeat function (On, Off), Effects (Auto, Natural, Slow, Swing,
Urban, Off), and Sound (Off, Auto, Music, Audio).
RAW Processing: RAW images taken with the camera can be
processed in the camera and saved in the JPEG format. The following edits can be
made to the images before they are "developed": White Balance, Exposure
Compensation, Photo Style, i.Dynamic, Contrast, Highlight, Shadow,
Saturation/Color Tone, Filter Effect, Noise Reduction, i.Resolution, Sharpness,
HDMI: The Leica V-Lux has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output for
connecting the camera to a High-Definition TV. A
Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. For viewing 4K movies recorded on the
camera, you must connect the camera to a 4K-capable HDTV via HDMI.
USB Connection: The Leica V-Lux has a proprietary USB connection for
connecting the camera to a computer for uploading pictures, and firmware updates.
You can also connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer to print your
still images. A 2' USB cable is included.
Downloadable Software: No software is included with the
camera, however, when you register the camera, you will receive a 90-day license
version of Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. The plan includes the latest
versions of Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Photoshop Fix App, and other
applications. When the 90-day license expires, you can convert the license to a
paid subscription of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan.